Akihabara is one of the most famous towns in Tokyo for anyone who loves anime, manga and all things otaku! The town is full of interesting things to do, particularly if you are an anime fan. Akihabara used to be famous as being an ‘electronics town’ due to the amount of stores that were located there dedicated to electronics and technology. In recent years, however, the town has become famous as being a hub of all things otaku.

One of the best things about Akihabara is the fact that it is full of anime stores that sell anime merchandise, anime cosplay and other anime goods. If you’re looking to buy anything anime related in Tokyo, Akihabara is definitely the place to visit. It can be hard to know which anime shops in Akihabara are worth visiting and which sell good items. Due to this, this article will compile a list of the best anime stores in Akihabara so you can get your hands on the best anime items in Tokyo!


1. Animate Akihabara

Akihabara Tokyo Animate

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‘Animate’ is one of the most famous anime merchandise stores in Tokyo. The store has chains throughout Tokyo but the one located in Akihabara is one of the biggest and offers a huge range of anime merchandise items. Animate sells its anime merchandise for a very reasonable price and all of the items are official and of great quality. Some items that are on offer at the store are anime figures, general anime merchandise and tons of manga.

The store often also collaborates with various anime to bring out new and unique anime merchandise. For example, Animate recently collaborated with the popular anime Demon Slayer to bring out a range of perfume, each of which was dedicated to a different character of the anime. If you’re looking to buy reasonably priced, good quality anime merchandise in Akihabara, then you have to check out the Animate store located there.

your japan shopAddress: 4 Chome-3-2 Sotokanda, Chiyoda City, Tokyo 101-0021

Price: ¥-¥¥

Other Animate Locations

  • Shibuya: 150-0042 Tokyo, Shibuya City, Udagawacho, 31−2
  • Shinjuku: 160-0023 Tokyo, Shinjuku City, Nishishinjuku, 1 Chome−5−1, Halc, 5F

Website: https://www.animate-onlineshop.jp/corner/cc/anion_info_zh/cd/929/

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2. Acos Akihabara

acos cosplay akihabara store

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Acos is another chain store with one of the largest stores being located in Akihabara. Acos is a cosplay store that sells tons of items for cosplaying and even full costumes for some anime characters. The store is one of the most popular stores to buy anime cosplay items in Japan due to the quality of the items and price of them. Other than cosplay items, the store also sells anime themed everyday clothing items so it is worth visiting even if you are not interested in cosplay.

The store is famous for the wigs that it has on sale, due to them having such a wide variety of different ones; all for different anime characters. The price of the wigs is very reasonable, considering the quality of them and the fact that you probably can’t buy such wigs elsewhere. The store is constantly coming out with new cosplay and clothing items so make sure to check out the store or their official website to see what is currently on offer!

Address:101-0021 Tokyo, Chiyoda City, Sotokanda, 1 Chome−7−6 AKIBA Culture Zone 5F

Price: ¥¥-¥¥¥

Other Animate Locations

  • Shibuya: 150-0042 Tokyo, Shibuya City, Udagawacho, 31−2
  • Shinjuku: 160-0023 Tokyo, Shinjuku City, Nishishinjuku, 1 Chome−5−1, Halc, 5F

Website: https://www.acos.me

3. Akihabara Gamers

Akihabara Gamers is a store that is less well known yet sells an amazing range of anime and manga merchandise, as well as various gaming items. The best thing about Akihabara Gamers is the fact that the store sells anime merchandise from both popular anime and not so popular anime.

akihabara gamers store

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The great thing about this is that if you’re looking to buy anime merchandise from an anime that is not well known, you will probably be able to find it at this store. The store even sells merchandise that is dedicated to various famous Japanese anime voice actors, so if you have a favourite anime voice actor this is also a great store to check out. The store is made up of 7 floors so you’re sure to find some interesting anime merchandise there!

Address: 101-0021 Tokyo, Chiyoda City, Sotokanda, 1 Chome−14−7

Price: ¥

Website: https://www.gamers.co.jp

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4. Kotobukiya

kotobukiya akihabara

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Kotobukiya is a ‘hobby craft’ store located in Akihabara that sells tons of anime figures and anime merchandise, as well as merchandise from various comics and films. There are both new and second-hand anime figures on offer which means you can get some amazing anime figures for a very reasonable price if you buy the second hand ones.

The store also sells items for you to be able to build and create your own figures and other items. Kotobukiya is a great place to visit for those who are trying to get their hands on good quality anime merchandise whilst shopping on a budget. Many of the items at Kotobukiya are sold at a reduced price to other stores, so you can get some great deals on the items that you buy.

Address: 101-0021 Tokyo, Chiyoda City, Sotokanda, 1 Chome−8−8

Price: ¥

Website: https://en.kotobukiya.co.jp/kotobukiya-akihabara-store-floor-guide/


5. Yellow Submarine

Yellow Submarine is another store selling amazing anime merchandise that is less well known. The store is located in Radio Kaikan, a famous department store in Akihabara that is full of shops selling anime and manga items. Yellow Submarine is located on the 6th floor and sells anime figures, character goods, trading card games and even more!

yellow submarine akihabara tokyo

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The store is an amazing place to explore to see what interesting things you can find. Some of the anime merchandise and anime figures that are on sale are second hand and so they are on offer for an amazing price. On top of this, if you’re interested in anime character trading cards, you can get your hands on some rare and unique cards here at this store! Just like Kotobukiya, if you’re shopping on a budget Yellow Submarine is a store you have to check out!

Address: 101-0021 Tokyo, Chiyoda City, Sotokanda, 1 Chome−15−16 

Price: ¥-¥¥

Website: https://yellowsubmarine.co.jp

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